Alcatraz celebrates 50 years since prison closed
by Jason Dearen, Associated Press
March 21, 2013 03:30 PM | 983 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The National Parks Service is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Alcatraz Island’s closure as a federal penitentiary with an exhibit of newly discovered photos of the prison’s final hours.

The new exhibit opened Thursday on Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay, five decades after the last inmates left the infamous prison that once held the likes of gangsters Al Capone and Mickey Cohen.

Among the visitors marking the occasion was Jim Albright, the last prison guard to leave The Rock in 1963.

Alcatraz started as a fort and became an Army disciplinary barracks before the Bureau of Prisons took it over in 1934 to house some of America’s most notorious criminals.

Nine years after the prison closed, Alcatraz became a national park — and one of California’s most popular tourist attractions.

Comments-icon Post a Comment
No Comments Yet
*We welcome your comments on the stories and issues of the day and seek to provide a forum for the community to voice opinions. All comments are subject to moderator approval before being made visible on the website but are not edited. The use of profanity, obscene and vulgar language, hate speech, and racial slurs is strictly prohibited. Advertisements, promotions, spam, and links to outside websites will also be rejected. Please read our terms of service for full guides